The highly anticipated draws for all Esports titles at the ongoing Asian Games 2022 have been officially announced with India set to commence with its campaign in EA Sports FC Online at the China Hangzhou Esports Centre on September 24. Mr. Lokesh Suji, Director of the Esports Federation of India and Vice President of the Asian Esports Federation (AESF) had the privilege of conducting the draws for the Esports titles, alongside Sebastian Lau, the General Secretary of AESF, and Steve Kim, CEO of AESF.
Asian Games 2022: Official Draws for Esports announced; India set to kick off campaign on September 24
The country’s supremely talented EA Sports FC Online athlete Charanjot Singh (Charanjot12_) secured the top seed at the South Asia seeding event for the tournament while his equally talented teammate Karman Singh (tikkatown) clinched fifth seed. Due to their seeding advantage, both athletes will kick off their campaigns from the Round of 32 stage with Charanjot squaring off against Liu Jiacheng of China and Karman facing A.A. Faqeehi of Bahrain in the Round of 32.
A renowned online FIFA tournament titled EA Sports FC Online has attracted the participation of 36 skillful athletes from 20 different countries. The tournament will feature matches played in the Double Elimination format, adhering to the Best-of-Three (BO3) rule.
Following the commencement of EA Sports FC Online’s fixtures, two of the country’s most distinguished Street Fighter V: Champion Edition athletes, Mayank Prajapati (MiKeYROG) and Ayan Biswas (AYAN01) will embark on their pursuit for a medal in their respective title on September 26. In the seeding event for South and East Asia, Mayank clinched fifth seed and Ayan secured sixth seed and will hence begin their campaign from the Round of 32 stage.
In the Round of 32, Mayank will go head to head against T.F. Rajikhan of Saudi Arabia while his teammate, Ayan Biswas, will be up against K.H.C Nguyen of Vietnam. The Street Fighter V: Champion Edition title will witness a total of 35 notable athletes from 22 countries battling it out for a historic medal. All matches will be conducted in the best-of-three (BO3) format and the loser bracket final and grand final will be played in a best-of-seven (BO7) format.
The nation’s star-studded League of Legends team is captained by Akshaj Shenoy (Kai), and comprises Samarth Arvind Trivedi (CrankO), Mihir Ranjan (Lotus), Sanindhya Malik (Deadcorp), Aakash Shandilya (Infi), Aditya Selvaraj (Krow) will begin its campaign on September 27. As a result of dominating the recently held Central and South Asia seeding event and clinching top seed, the team has gained direct entry into the quarter-finals of the 19th Asian Games.
The team will encounter the victor of Group A, consisting of Japan, Palestine, and Vietnam, in their first match of the competition. The knockout rounds will take place in a best-of-three, single-elimination format. The top 15 teams from the continent will be participating in the esteemed League of Legends tournament.
The country’s stellar DOTA 2 team led by Darshan Bata (A35), and comprising Krish Gupta (Krish-), Abhishek Yadav (Abhi-), Ketan Goyal (Evil-Ash), and Shubham Goli (Madness) has been drawn in Group A alongside Kyrgyzstan and Philippines. Both of their group matchups are scheduled to take place in the Best-of-One (BO1) single round-robin format on September 29.
The team that emerges as the winner will face Nepal in the elimination rounds on September 30th. All matches in the elimination stage will follow a head-to-head format, where teams will compete in a BO3 (Best of Three) single elimination format. A total of 14 prominent DOTA 2 teams will be taking part in the competition.
Artsmith-Concepts & Visions, a leading sports and Esports communication agency in the country, will remain the official communication partner for the Esports Federation of India, reaffirming its commitment to support the organization.
In 2018, Esports was showcased as a demonstration event. However, in the upcoming Asian Games 2022, it will officially make its entrance as a medal sport. This time, 476 athletes from 30 different countries will be participating, contending for gold medals across seven different gaming titles.